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By Steve Virgen | March 13, 2014
When it comes to longest-running title sponsors on the Champions Tour, Toshiba is the leader, and it will continue to be. Toshiba Corporation extended its title sponsorship of the Toshiba Classic through 2017. Atsutoshi Nishida, the company's chairman, made the announcement at the event's annual Breakfast with a Champion Tuesday morning at the Balboa Bay Resort. The Toshiba Classic, in its 20th year, is the most charitable event on the Champions Tour, raising $1 million each year to benefit Hoag Hospital.
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By Steve Virgen | March 15, 2012
NEWPORT BEACH - Many on the Champions Tour say they love to play the Toshiba Classic because it's in Newport Beach. They enjoy the shops and restaurants nearby, and most of all they enjoy the sunny weather. The latter doesn't look as if it will hold up this weekend. Some of the biggest names from golf's past will try to get in three rounds in the 18th Toshiba Classic at Newport Beach Country Club. First-round play begins Friday at 10 a.m. The first tee time has been moved up on Saturday to 8 a.m. because of the threat of heavy rain.
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March 20, 2003
Richard Dunn Andy Bean couldn't wait to turn 50 years old and play golf on the PGA Champions Tour, but the tour made him wait an extra week. He'll make his debut at the Toshiba Senior Classic this weekend at Newport Beach Country Club. Bean, who has been chomping at the bit to play, turned 50 on March 13, a Thursday. If he had turned 50 a day sooner, the tour said, he would've been able to make his first Champions Tour appearance in last week's SBC Classic at Valencia Country Club.
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By Steve Virgen | February 23, 2010
It wasn’t too long ago when golfing legend Tom Watson ripped into Tiger Woods, delivering a message to the now-downtrodden cautionary tale. Of course Watson wants the best for Woods, a part-time Corona del Mar resident. He wants Woods to return to the game. But at a time when Woods is rehabilitating his career because of the fallout from his infidelity, Watson took the opportunity to point out other faults before Woods returns. “I feel he has not carried the same stature that other great players that have come along like Jack (Nicklaus)
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By Bryce Alderton | March 5, 2010
The Champions Tour provides an opportunity for golfers to continue their playing careers past what athletes in football or basketball could dream. The tour, for golfers 50 and over, carries with it a collection of golfing greats who possibly have competed on, among others, the PGA, Nationwide, Asian, European and Nationwide tours at a time in their careers. Players today are faced with decisions about which tournaments and tours to play when they map out the upcoming year’s schedule.
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February 22, 2010
Lee Trevino, a World Golf Hall of Famer and one of the most revered personalities in the game, has committed to play in his third consecutive Toshiba Classic, March 1-7 at Newport Beach Country Club. At age 70, Trevino is the oldest player in the Toshiba Classic field. Trevino has won 29 times on the PGA and Champions Tours. He owns six PGA Tour majors with the 1968 and 1971 U.S. Opens, 1971 and 1972 British Opens and 1974 and 1984 PGA Tour Championships. He holds four Champions Tour majors: the 1990 U.S. Senior Open, 1992 and 1994 PGA Seniors’ Championships and the 1992 Tradition.
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February 1, 2010
Champions Tour rookies Fred Couples, Corey Pavin and Paul Azinger have all committed to competing in the Toshiba Classic, scheduled March 1 through 7 at Newport Beach Country Club. The three golfers are expected to split 2010 between the PGA and Champions tours. In 2009, Couples tied for third at the Northern Trust Open at Riviera Country Club and the Shell Houston Open. He tied for fifth at the Wyndham Championship. He is a 15-time PGA Tour winner, including the 1992 Masters title.
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January 14, 2010
Corey Pavin, the former UCLA star known for his 1995 U.S. Open victory, will be the featured speaker for the annual Toshiba Classic Breakfast with a Champion presented by The Allergan Foundation March 2 at the Newport Beach Marriott Hotel & Spa. Pavin, a 15-time PGA Tour winner, will be making his Champions Tour debut this year, but will also play select events on the PGA Tour this season. The 1982 NCAA Player of the Year earned the PGA Tour’s Arnold Palmer Award (leading money winner)
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By Steve Virgen | March 4, 2009
NEWPORT BEACH — Ben Crenshaw doesn’t come across as a guy who finished tied for third the past two years at the Toshiba Classic. He can’t even be mistaken for a pro who hast yet to win on the Champions Tour. It’s not that he lacks for passion. It’s just that there is a certain sense of contentment with Crenshaw. At least that’s what was expressed during Crenshaw’s interview with the media at Newport Beach Country Club Wednesday afternoon after playing in a pro-am through light rain.
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By Steve Virgen | March 15, 2014
Kenny Perry described Bernhard Langer as the type of golfer who gets under his skin because the 56-year-old German works so hard. Langer is the type who pushes others to be great, Perry said. Langer would rather just continue to push his way past the field at the 20th Toshiba Classic. He maintained his two-shot lead Saturday at Newport Beach Country Club, compensating for two bogeys with a stretch of four birdies out of five holes on the back nine to shoot five-under-par 66 in the second round.
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By Steve Virgen | March 13, 2014
When it comes to longest-running title sponsors on the Champions Tour, Toshiba is the leader, and it will continue to be. Toshiba Corporation extended its title sponsorship of the Toshiba Classic through 2017. Atsutoshi Nishida, the company's chairman, made the announcement at the event's annual Breakfast with a Champion Tuesday morning at the Balboa Bay Resort. The Toshiba Classic, in its 20th year, is the most charitable event on the Champions Tour, raising $1 million each year to benefit Hoag Hospital.
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February 11, 2014
The 20th Toshiba Classic won't disappoint when it comes to its annual Breakfast With a Champion, as World Golf Hall of Fame member Colin Montgomerie, a 41-time professional winner who joined the Champions Tour in 2013, will be the keynote speaker on March 11. The event, presented by The Allergan Foundation, begins at 7 a.m. at Balboa Bay Resort. The breakfast also includes awarding two top Orange County students with a $10,000 scholarship from the Toshiba Classic Scholarship Fund.
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By Steve Virgen | March 16, 2013
NEWPORT BEACH - David Frost has had a hot start on the Champions Tour this year with three top-10 finishes in as many events, but a win has eluded him. He was able to stay loose despite cold temperatures at Newport Beach Country Club to finish as the first-round leader, carding an eight-under-par 63 Friday at the Toshiba Classic. Fred Couples is one shot behind and Jim Gallagher Jr. is at 66 heading into the second of three rounds. Frost's bogey-free round featured eight birdies, including five on the back nine.
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By Steve Virgen | March 16, 2013
NEWPORT BEACH - If the second round is any indication of what to expect from David Frost and Fred Couples on Sunday, then the final round at the 19th Toshiba Classic should be one to watch. Or as Frost said, "it will be a fun day. " Frost sank a 15-foot eagle putt on No. 18 to carry a one-shot lead against Couples, who has a strong backing from fans at Newport Beach Country Club. "It was a day when Freddy and I battled it out," said Frost, a 10-time PGA Tour winner who's had six top-10 finishes in his past six events on the Champions Tour.
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By Steve Virgen | March 15, 2013
NEWPORT BEACH - As if John Cook needed more of an advantage at the Toshiba Classic this week. The 11-time PGA Tour winner, who grabbed his ninth victory on the Champions Tour in January, doesn't totally have an edge on the Newport Beach Country Club golf course. But it's safe to say Cook is in his comfort zone. He owns a home in nearby Corona del Mar and is just "five minutes," away from NBCC. Cook calls it a bonus, as he looks to add to his hot start on the Champions Tour this year.
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By Steve Virgen | March 13, 2013
Newport Beach Country Club holds a special place in Esteban Toledo's heart. He's hoping the course will become even more meaningful this weekend. One thing's for sure, NBCC will be a place for therapy for Toledo. Toledo, a former honorary member at NBCC, revealed Wednesday his older brother, Mario, died of "health problems" last week. Mario had been planning to be in Newport Beach to watch his younger brother, Toledo said. Instead, Toledo will travel to Mexicali for the funeral.
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March 11, 2013
Steve Finley, Matt Leinart, Garrett Anderson and Champions Tour players John Cook, Esteban Toledo, Curtis Strange and Fuzzy Zoeller will participate in a special Toshiba Classic charity event Tuesday morning at Newport Beach Country Club. Matt "Money" Smith will emcee the inaugural Skills Challenge, 10:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. Four athletes/celebrities and four Champions Tour players will pair together in a targeted skills challenge to raise money for Hoag Hospital. The winning team will receive a check donation in their name to Hoag Hospital's Mary & Dick Allen Diabetes Center, which is the Toshiba Classic's beneficiary for the third consecutive year.
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